Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Farsighted: Who Needs Vampires?

I know, I know – vampires are all the rage. Or so I’m told. You see the truth is, I’ve never read any of the Twilight books (cue gasping.) In fact, I don’t believe I’ve ever read any book involving a vampire – the extent of my “vampireness” goes only to a Halloween costume I wore many years ago. So when Emlyn Chand asked me to review her debut YA novel, Farsighted, I was relieved to find out there were no vampires involved.

Instead, I found a world filled with psychics, intrigue, danger, and a smidge of romance. All of these were interesting story points on their own, but what really brought Farsighted together for me was the fact that it was written in the voice of a sixteen year old – not any sixteen year old, mind you, but one who is blind.

When the story opens, we are introduced to Alex Kosmitoras, who has been blind since birth. He does not want or need any special favors. He is comfortable with who he is. Alex relies on his other senses to get him through the day, so when voices and scenes start to get jumbled in his head, he begins to realize something more powerful is going on. With the help of some new friends, he is able to piece together the extent of his gift, ultimately using it to try to keep danger at bay.

Emlyn Chand does a great job of putting the reader into sixteen-year-old Alex Kosmitoras’ shoes. The story is fast paced and has the perfect amount of teen angst worked into the plot. The ending gives enough closure, but also has quite a few unanswered questions, leaving plenty of room for a sequel.

Even skeptics will walk away believing “vampires are out and psychics are in” after reading Farsighted.

Blog Tour Notes

THE BOOK:  Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can
still “see” things others can’t.  When his unwanted visions of the future begin
to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on
destiny and demand it reconsider. Get your copy today by visiting’s Kindle store or the eBook retailer of your choice. The paperback
edition will be available on November 24 (for the author’s birthday).

THE CASH PRIZES:  Guess what? You could win a $100 Amazon gift card as
part of this special blog tour. That’s right! Just leave a comment below saying something about the post
you just read, and you’ll be entered into the raffle. I could win $100 too! Please help by voting for my
blog in the traffic-breaker poll. To cast your vote, visit the official Farsighted blog tour page and scroll all the way to the
bottom. Thank you for your help with that.

THE GIVEAWAYS:  Win 1 of 10 autographed copies of Farsighted
before its paperback release by entering the giveaway on GoodReads. Perhaps you’d like an autographed postcard from the author; you
can request one on her site.

THE AUTHOR:  Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having
emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she’s not
writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity.
Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit for more info. Don’t
forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!

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